9 things you might not know about the Solent forts

Spitbank Fort in the Solent, taken from Brittany Ferries' Mont St Michel in May 2016 Picture: 
Tony Weaver
Spitbank Fort in the Solent, taken from Brittany Ferries' Mont St Michel in May 2016 Picture: Tony Weaver
Picture: Mick Young

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Portsmouth is one of the most historic cities in the UK, and one of the main reasons is the number of defence forts dotted around the Hampshire landscape.

Although their tales are widely known, here are a few facts which you might not know about their history.